Where can I find the record sheets for the documentation of my water analysis?
Have you lost your record sheets, used them all up, or need them in another language?
In the appendix of this FAQ you will find PDF files for printing them out in German, English and French.
When do I stop adding the reagent?
As soon as the water shows a clearly visible pink coloration which remains constant stop adding the reagent. If the colouration stays for 60 seconds the “end” has been reached. Adding further reagent does not result in the deeper pink colouration of the colour chart.
Why are there no colour charts for GH. KH, Mg /Ca saltwater and CO2 direct?
The tests from the test range: JBL GH test, JBL KH test, JBL calcium test Ca and JBL magnesium test Mg, where the number of drops are counted until the colour changes and the counted value is multiplied by a value:
GH = number of drops = general hardness in °dH
KH = number of drops = carbonate hardness in °dH
CO2 = number of drops * 2 = CO2 in mg/l
Magnesium + calcium = number of drops * 120 = amount Ca + Mg in mg/l
Calcium = number of drops * 20 = amount Ca in mg/l
Magnesium = amount Ca+Mg from magnesium test - amount Ca in mg/l = magnesium in mg/l
What can I do when the measured value of a water test falls outside the scale?
If one of your measurements reaches the end of the colour chart scale you can multiply the scale, by diluting the following tests with distilled water (e.g. JBL Dest).
Here’s how to do it: dilute the sample with distilled water and carry out the test once more.
Her’s how in greater detail:
JBL GH test kit: Instead of 5 ml use 10 ml aquarium water. Now 1 drop is equivalent to 0.5 dGH.
JBL KH test kit: Instead of 5 ml use 10 ml aquarium water. Now 1 drop is equivalent to 0.5 dGH.
Note: when using 10 ml sample water the colour development is weaker with the first drops than with 5 ml sample water. Put the measuring container on a white underlay for a better readability.
JBL NH4/NH3 Ammonium/Ammonia test kit, JBL NO2 Nitrite test kit, JBL Fe Iron test kit and JBL Cu Copper test kit:
2.5 ml sample + 2.5 ml dist. water: result times 2
1 ml sample + 4 ml dist. water: result times 5
0.5 ml sample + 4.5 ml dist. water: result times 10
NO3 Nitrate test kit, JBL SiO2 Silicate test kit, JBL PO4 Phosphate sensitive test kit and JBL Mg Magnesium test kit freshwater:
5 ml sample + 5 ml dist. water: result X 2
2 ml sample + 8 ml dist. water: result X 5
1 ml sample + 9 ml dist. water: result X 10
JBL PO4 Phosphate test kit koi high range:
2.5 ml sample + 2.5 ml dist. water: result X 2
1 ml sample + 4 ml dist. water: result X 5
JBL K Kalium test kit:
7.5 ml sample + 7.5 ml dist. water: result X 2
3 ml sample + 12 ml dist. water: result X 5
1.5 ml sample + 13.5 ml dist. water: result X 10
JBL CO2 direct test kit, JBL Ca Calcium test kit and JBL Mg+Ca Magnesium+Calcium test kit:
Do my water tests still work although they have been open for nine months?
Basically a sealed test keeps longer than an open one. How much the shelf life is reduced depends crucially on the handling and the storage conditions of the reagents. It may happen that a reagent in a test that has been open for 9 months doesn’t indicate correctly any more. However, additional information is needed to answer this question properly.